The Round Building Hathersage Derbyshire S32 1BA 01433 650 220
Local lad and designer David Mellor is internationally famous for his cutlery, and his chic factory in Hathersage, designed by Sir Michael Hopkins and purpose-built on the site of the old gasworks in this stunning High Peak village, is hailed as a minor masterpiece of modern architecture. Built in local gritstone with a spectacular lead roof, it blends beautifully into the rural landscape. The factory is usually open for viewing on weekdays and you're welcome to take a look round and watch the various designs being made: it's surprisingly low-tech, most of it done by hand, and if nothing else gives you an insight into why it's so expensive (and indeed collectable). David Mellor died in 2009, and his talented son Corin has clearly inherited the genes and is designing up a storm. Whilst you're there, don't miss the classy café and the Design Museum and the smart shop which sells all things kitchen-ey (including the fabulous cutlery, of course.)
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